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this morning on "early today," shifting gears. bp begins a risky new plan to cap the gushing oil leak in the gulf. high seas assault as israeli forces storm an aid ship headed for gaza. and red flag, a terrifying crash during the last lap of the indianapolis 500. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begins with what seems like plan "z." after a string of failed attempts to contain the worst natural disaster in u.s. history, bp's latest effort in the gulf of mexico is under way this morning. this time bp plans to cut away some of the damaged pipe and attach a containment valve which could mean up to another week of waiting.
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nbc's kristen dahlgren is live for us in venice, louisiana, with the latest. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. it's estimated it could be between four and seven days before they have that containment place and working. they call it an llrp. it's replace what was called the top hat. it's not a mechanical heal. it could be until august when the relief valves are finished that they will people be able to stop the oil, that as hurricane season is about to get under way. i was out on a boat yesterday. even on a calm day the waves splash over the boom. meantime tony hayward, the ceo of bp is disputing the fact that there are underwater plumes of oil despite the fact that four universities have now concluded the same thing based on
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independent research. he says that none of bp's sam plings seem to indicate that pockets of underwater oil exist. he says the company will continue the efforts to fight the oil on the surface as more and more oil continues to come to the shores of louisiana and anger continues to grow over here. >> thank you. well, violence broke out in the middle east today after the israeli navy stormed a ship carrying aid to the gaza strip. ten mel tair activists were killed. there are conflicting reports what exactly happened but israel claims their soldiers were attacked with knives and guns. it turned deadly after an activist grab add gun from one of the come man does but this morning turkey called the raid, quote, unacceptable, and
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demanded an explanation from israel and after the attack dozens tried to storm the israeli consulate in is stan bool to contest their actions. it has set off flood and land slides that have killed at least 99 people. torrential rains from top call storm agatha have pounded an area from southern mexico nearly all the way to nicaragua, unleashing lethal landslides particularly in guatemala. making matters worse crews are struggling to clear roads of debris in order to reach isolated communities. tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. perhaps the hardest hit, guatemala is already cob tending with heavy eruptions from one of its already active volcanos. it blanketed the capital city of guatemala city in ash forcing a closure of the country's main international airport. lava from the volcano has
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destroyed over 800 homes. and now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. los angeles police are investigating one of their own who was seen on video kicking a bicic list during an oil protest. the video posted on youtube was witnessed by a by stander. while the department is investigating the use of force, the officer's union is warning against any rushed judgment saying that home video rarely tells the whole story. virginia police say an apparent kidnapping on video was twauftly just a false alarm. witnesses called police this weekend after they saw a 17-year-old girl being forced into a van. it turns out those supposed kidnappers were her family members and the girl was upset that they were moving. in florida less is more when you take part in a very unconventional riga ta.
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participants have to build boats using a sheet of plywood, a roll of duct tape and some fast eners. it's one you hopefully don't mind getting soaked in. and memorial day may be the unofficial kick-off to summer but some california residents are still celebrating winter. a series of storms recently dumped three feet of snow in the area leaving one resort to reopen the slopes for one last hurrah. and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. bill, maybe you can explain what the heck is going on there. >> have you ever been skiing in shorts or a t-shirt? >> i have actually. i've done that before. >> it's actually kind of fun if you don't fall and get wet. >> good point. >> they did have the storms last week. it's warmed all little bit in california. i hope everyone had a wonderful weekd weekend. yid it was 99 in dallas. 91 in chicago.
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even 89 in d.c. the cool air is in the rockies. we've got some of those storm this morning here over oklahoma and showers and even a few storms heading in for southern ohio. so the jet stream which had been doing a huge dip in the west coast is doing a more zonal flow, pretty much heading west to east in a strain line. there's not as many dips and curves. that's going to allow the cool air to move through the great lakes and into new england. you can see those thunderstorms this morning. all those white flashes. those are the active lightning strikes in the last hour. oklahoma city, storms are going to wake you up this morning, also some of the storms heading down interstate 35. nothing too severe but a lot of lightning. you'll hear that thunder. in wisconsin, we have showers, storms in green bay, heading into the upper peninsula of michigan. overall nothing too bad on this
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memorial day. middle of the country, isolated storms. watch out for the wet weather. pittsburgh through the southeast with your typical afternoon storms. that's a look at your memorial day forecast. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. sunshine in chicago. yesterday you were very warm. today, cooler. 77 degrees. phoenix, arizona, toasty at 98, oklahoma city, afternoon storms. this afternoon you should be okay with a high near 90. lynn, it's almost like how it should be, a very warm day for memorial day. a look at asian markets today, a look at the week ahead on wall street, and tintin commands big bucks. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus an upset at the box office as the audiences vote for an ogre over sex. plus a horrific track in the indy 500, three of a kind for pujols and mario jumps the
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yankees. you're watching "early today."
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good morning and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn brown, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. china is showing know signs that it will take over actions. resisting pressure from south korean and japanese leaders during talks in japan, china's prime minister instead said beijing's priority is to diffuse tensions and avoid clashes. investigators blame north korea for the march sinking which claimed 46 south korean sailors. pyongyang still denies the accusations. >> a grizzly fight in mexico. up to 25 bodies have been recovered from an abandoned mine, apparent victims of drug violence. the corpses had been tossed off a 300-feet cliff and into the mine. it appears iran may have
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been helping out the taliban. general stanley mcchrystal claims there's, quote, clear evidence that iran has provided the taliban with both weapons and training. and mexico is honoring some of its war heroes. on sunday what's believed to be the 200-year-old remains of a dozen leaders who fought against spanish rule were removed from crypts in mexico city. scientists will exam in the bones to see if they are, in fact, those of 12 individuals. well, u.s. markets are closed for the memorial day holiday but here's a look at how wall street ended on friday. the dow closed at 10,136 after drop 1g 22 points on friday. the s&p shed 13 points, and the nasdaq fell 20. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei nudged up five points while in hong kong the hang seng lost a point. most american investors are off for memorial day, but
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markets are open overseas and they could be gives us a glimpse what to expect here at home tomorrow. asian markets and it's slightly higher despite more european problems despite the credit rating on friday. investors also shrugged off france's warning that it may have to do budget cuts. still asian stocks are on track to post their worst month in over two and a half months. the dow notched its worst performance for the month of may since 1940, however, experts are predicting the focus will shift away from europe and back to the recovery here at home with a fresh round of economic data due out this week. the biggest update on deck, may's jobs report due out friday is likely to have the biggest effect on markets. economists are predict several hundred,000 jobs were added to the private sector, but according to a new survey, despite the current recovery under way, americans aren't breathing easy just yet. about 46% of those surveyed say
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they're suffering from debt-related stress despite shrinking debt levels. the average credit card is down to 3,900 from 5,600 just last fall. and finally the global comic book icon tintin took in over a million dollars at a paris auction. the most expensive of the lot, two inked and water panels went for over $40,000. a bronze statue brought in a whopping $125,000. well, a big win after a big crash at the indianapolis 500. plus, holiday baseball, including albert pujols. one-manpower display. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. coming up in weather, another look at your memorial day forecast, and unfortunately the back-to-work forecast. your regional forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports once again some of the world's best drivers decided to spend their memorial day weekend at the old brickyard in indianapolis for one of racing's premiere events. the indianapolis 500.
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here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. franchitti won but it wasn't without a little luck and a crash. down to the find lap with franchitti in first place and nursing a low tank of fuel. conway and hunter reigh were involved in a horrific crash. conway goes up and over the air and hits the retaining wall. con reigh gets airborne before his car disintegrates. amazingly he only siferred a broken leg. franchitti who had less than a gallon of gas krocrossed the fih line. his wife was there. in ten is a couple of names have fallen. second seeded venus williams, also maria sharapova was ousted by justine henna. albert pujols with his
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version. the cards won easily, 9-1. hole wi ken distribution sent everyone home with a three-run bomb. second straight walk-off win for the angels. finally the yankees mario rivera makes closing games look easy. yesterday against the indians he raised the level of difficulty. he has the presence of mind to field the grounder to make the play. the knicks could use a guy like that. that's a look at sports on "early today." i'm mario solis. a singer gets long-awaited news from the stork. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. sure, they look tough but when it comes to sacrifice, they've got soft hearts. you're watching "early today."
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well, here's a look at your memorial day forecast. welcome back. if you're in the mid-atlantic, it's going to be a warm summer-like day. get to the pool or beach, from new york city down to d.c. and the outer banks it should be absolutely gorgeous. in the southeast we're going to see our typical afternoon thunderstorms. some will get hit. some will get missed. it shouldn't ruin all your
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picnic plans or your early parade. back in chicago we're going to watch for a cold front. back in minneapolis once you're behind that front cooler air is going to move in for a beautiful day, same for you in denver anand dallas. still hot. yesterday it was 99. today, 96. texas is scorching. >> if you're watching us on wcbd news 2 gorgeous in south carolina. get a feel for things at the touch tank exhibit where you can touch hermit crabs, horseshoe, sea urchins and see crabs and more. that's your "early today" event of the day, lynn. now here your look at early morning entertainment headlines. "shrek forever after" has managed to go from a disappointment to a killer. last weekend was way below expectations. the green ogre was the surprise champion once again taking in $43 million and shrek's glory came at the expense of "sex and
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the city 2". despite scathing reviews loyal fans were expected to drive the sequel to the top of the finish. debuting modestly in third with just over $30 million was "prince of persia:the sands of time," jerry bruckheimer had hoped to turn it into a franchise. that's in doubt as well. singer celine dion who's gone through a very public struggle to give birth is expectediexpec expecting twins. how about that? >> i have an infant at home and he falls asleep every night to celine dion songs that she did for her first baby so maybe we can expect more. >> well, bill, there's a fun fact. >> do you like that fact? >> yeah, i do.
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>> i'll e-mail you some of the songs. >> i like that. this comes to us from wrc tv 4 in washington, d.c., where thousands of motorcycles took part in the annual rolling ride for freedom. every year bikers from across the country ride from the pentagon to the vietnam war memorial. many writers are veterans themselves and bikers are no different than any other american wants to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. a great way to start your memorial day. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today on your nbc station. so, verizon fios includes cool widgets
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good morning, beautiful picture out there this morning on this monday, may 31, 2010, memorial day in the usa. 71 warm degrees. going to be hot and humid today. good morning to you, i'm joe krebs. >> i'm kimberly suiters. eun yang is off today. welcome to "news4 today." it is memorial day, may 31, 2010. along the gulf coast this memorial day it's a start like no other. with the top kill procedure failing, engineers are turning to another opening to contain this worse natural disaster in u.s. history. nbc's jay gray has the latest. >> reporter: on day 41 as oil continues to pour into the gulf, engineers are using robotics submersible for bp's next
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attempt to control the flow. >>it's a production system if successful will produce the majority of the oil into the surface. >> reporter: it will take four to seven days to get the equipment and containment cap in place. as they wait this sunday many in south louisiana are turning to a higher power as they search for some relief from the spill. >> people down here are survivors. and they pull together. >> reporter: this water is like a chapel, but with oil still pouring into the gulf, mike's faith has been shaken. >> the heritage, the way of life down here, you watch all that mass coming up to the surface you don't cho what's going to happen. >> reporter: he's bean guide for decades and owns a lodge on the water. this memorial day weekend was supposed stoosht of a busy and rofitable summer. >> we had four boats booked for this weekend and the lodge was full and we have nobody. >> reporter: nobody and no

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